If you are planning a visit to this part of the world, you may be wondering which is the best place to stay for a holiday in Mauritius. The answer to this question is not as clear-cut as it seems. With four equally lovely coasts to explore, along with an inland region that is just as stunning, deciding where to stay in Mauritius depends on what you want to see and do.
To help you find the best place to stay in Mauritius according to your preferences, we have put together a mini guide.
Choosing the Best Place to Stay in Mauritius
With no further ado, here are some of our ideas on where to find the best place to stay in Mauritius.
For shopping and dining… North Coast
Along the north coast, you will find a wide range of shops, watersports and the resort town of Grand Baie. This town is only 25km from the capital city of Port Louis, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants, watersports and activities for all ages. Despite its growth as a tourist hub, it still has a small town charm that makes it ideal for family holidays in Mauritius.
For beaches and diving… West Coast
If you’re aiming to explore Mauritius beaches and enjoy some scuba diving or snorkelling, the west coast is where you should explore. Highlights include Trou aux Biches, Le Morne, and, south of Port Louis, Flic-en-Flac – a popular place for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving that is home to cafes, restaurants and bars along its shores. This town is excellent for honeymoons as well as leisure breaks.
For top resorts… East Coast
For some of the island’s best resorts, head to the east coast. This is where you will find heavenly destinations such as Belle Mare, which is home to some of the most spectacular Mauritius resorts. Highlights here include white powdery beaches, a lagoon and lush vegetation.
For dramatic scenery… South Coast
On the south coast, the scenery is rugged and often dramatic, with towering cliffs. Although there are less beaches in this region, the scenery is spectacular. Highlights in the south include the Blue Bay Marine Park – home to some of the best coral reefs, along with Bel Ombre and nearby Chemin Grenier which both offer unspoilt stretches of sand in a lush green surrounds.
For hiking and nature… Inland
The coastal regions are popular, but the inland regions also have much to offer, especially adventure enthusiasts. Highlights inland, especially in the Chamarel region include Black River Gorges National Park – famous for its hikes in thick jungle vegetation and waterfalls, hiking and mountain biking trails, amazing viewpoints, tortoises and birdlife. The amazingly colourful striped sand dunes at the Seven Coloured Earth are also worth exploring in this region.
Once you have a better idea of what you plan to do during your Mauritius holiday, it will soon become much easier to choose the best place in stay in Mauritius.